Focusing on quality and provenance

18 June 2013 - 12:00am

With two weeks to go before The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale of Modern and Contemporary Malaysian Art on June 29, art enthusiasts will have the chance to view all 33 works in Kuala Lumpur.

Scheduled for June 21-27 and from 11am-7pm, the public preview will be held at the newly completed gallery space known as The Edge Galerie in Mont’ Kiara. A similar preview was held in Singapore last weekend attended by prominent collectors and representatives of art institutions.

The new art gallery spanning 2,500sq ft will be unveiled on June 20 for invited guests and in tandem with the launch of the commercial gallery’s website – www.theedgegalerie.com. The website highlights activities related to The Edge Auction. Both The Edge Galerie and The Edge Auction are under The Edge Media Group.

Created in the interests of both seasoned and novice art collectors trying to navigate the local and regional art markets, the website will offer relevant reports and updates.

The inaugural auction to be conducted by a professional auctioneer from the United Kingdom, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur and will commence at 1pm.

Intentionally limited to 30-odd works, the sale is by invitation only and focuses on quality and provenance. All artworks have been vetted by an independent panel of highly respected individuals active in the art scene.

The works of the most prominent Malaysian artists are represented in the sale including Abdul Latiff Mohidin, the late Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, Jolly Koh, Yusof Ghani and the late Redza Piyadasa.

Artworks by top contemporary artists include Chang Fee Ming, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Chong Siew Ying, Kow Leong Kiang, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Eng Tay, Eric Chan, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir and rising star Samsudin Wahab.

The paintings of equally prominent artists from Penang include that of the late Datuk Hoessein Enas, Datuk Chuah Thean Teng, Tan Choon Ghee and Lee Cheng Yong. Other art stalwarts from the island include Khoo Sui Hoe, Datuk Tay Mo Leong, Yeong Seak Ling, Cheah Ewe Hoon, Peter Liew and Eston Tan,

There is also a scroll painting by Chinese ink master Chen Wen Hsi who was already active in Singapore when it was still part of Malaysia.

The price estimates of the 33 works are between RM20,500 and RM450,000 each.

* Log on to www.theedgegalerie.com for The Edge Auction online catalogue and bid registration forms. Absentee and phone bidding services are available. Email [email protected] for further details